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Frode Elsness vs Nikolaj Borge
"You Will Be Assimilated" (game of the day Oct-19-2006)
Masters Gausdal (1995), 09
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  0-1



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Oct-19-06  Ashram64: i dont think the queen sac was intended..but he did hang on...

another game of.. dont give up when you are down. He really wins this game by his strong bishops pair

Oct-19-06  johnnyfroaction: you think he overlooked 11. QxQ? thats a bold statement.
Oct-19-06  soberknight: This game reminds me of Nezhmetdinov's famous sacrifice of a queen for a bishop, a knight, and a long-term mating attack on White's 11th move in a Sicilian (Qh4xBf6!!). It also reminds me of the infamous fighting draw Hamppe vs. Meitner. In the current game, both players look like idiots. Black should not have given up the queen with Nxg3 - I can't possibly believe that the sacrifice is sound, but maybe kibitzers can prove me wrong - and White looks like a fool for blowing a big lead in material.
Oct-19-06  Bare Beginner: White's King was constantly on the run, moving 19 times! Great attacking by black, almost like a King's Gambit opening ...
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  TheAlchemist: It's not like this variation is so obscure: Games Like F Elsness vs N Borge, 1995, Opening Explorer

It was invented by Bronstein: Spassky vs Bronstein, 1956, but it didn't finish so well for him.

Also, Seirawan managed to draw with Kasparov: Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1989

Oct-19-06  soberknight: For those who want proof: look at White's 13th move: Kc2. It allows the knight check on e3, which ends up making life miserable for the wandering king. I would have probably played the same move over the board, in order not to block the queen's rook, but in hindsight, 13. Kc1! looks better. Now 13...Ne3?? is no good for Black because 14. b3 f5 (otherwise the knight is stranded and will be captured by the queen) 15. Ne2 f4 - well maybe that's not so great for White, but also try 14. Qf2 Nc4 15. b3 Nb6 and really Black has nothing for his material deficit. Sorry for the other variation, but I'm writing as I think, and I just don't see how Black can do anything at all after 13. Kc1. Maybe Black tries 13...h5 threatening Bh6+...anyway it's late at night, anyone want to agree or disagree?
Oct-19-06  soberknight: Oh, and what's the pun all about?
Oct-19-06  syracrophy: I think that White had winning chances if he could have played better and more cautious from the move that Black sacrificed his queen. White should have played better. I don't find good compensation on two pieces and two pawns for the queen. I think there should be a winning technique for White.

Analisys anyone?

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  WannaBe: I think, as early as move 38, all resistances were futile.
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  al wazir: <syracrophy>: See my post under A Reshko vs O Kaminsky, 1972.
Oct-19-06  think: I wonder if Borge has ever used the Borg opening, 1. b4 (its Grob backwards).

Impressive game. Black dominated the action after the queen sac, never letting white have time to breathe.

Oct-19-06  Chessdorf: The classic Borg hail is as follows:

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."

source: Wikipedia

Oct-19-06  Confuse: nice pun!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: This is a known Queen sac that is probably not sound, which is a shame, because it's very cool. Nice to see the sac work in this game.
Oct-19-06  whatthefat: <soberknight: I can't possibly believe that the sacrifice is sound, but maybe kibitzers can prove me wrong - and White looks like a fool for blowing a big lead in material>

This queen sacrifice is a very ambitious, and reasonably well known line in the KI Samisch. It's discussed in 'The Controversial Kings Indian Samisch' by Chris Ward. The fact that black has no real weaknesses for the queen to target makes for a relatively easy game. The consensus seems to be that white can get a good game, but only with very careful play. It's easy to underestimate black's resources. Having said that, this game doesn't look the best example.

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  Honza Cervenka: <i dont think the queen sac was intended..but he did hang on...> It's deep opening theory for some half of century now.
Oct-19-06  fxenderby: 17. Qxe3 was personal! forced, for reasons of hurt pride
Oct-19-06  geraldo8187: <think> the borg is 1e4 g5. 1b4 is the polish, and orangutan opening (among other names as well)
Oct-19-06  think: <geraldo> that is probably true, I was remembering from a couple years back... anyway,
<whatthefat> I noticed that the queen had little to do. It seemed white had little counterplay throughout the game.
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  Peligroso Patzer: During the final stages of the attack, Black's Rook, Two Bishops and extra pawns formed an impressive collective mass, against which the White's Queen's individual resistance was manifestly futile.
Oct-19-06  DarkHorse: When I was younder, I used to think that the KGA Muzio Knight sac was the coolest opening ever, and all I wanted to play was the KG -- although I was never very sucessful with it!? If I had seen this Queen sac when I was younger, I'm sure this line is what I would have wished white would have let me play.

It is "true" sacrifices like this that make chess so fun to study.

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  kevin86: The gotd has been especially good in the last three days!! First,we had Fischer's GAME OF THE CENTURY and then there is a game with a promotion to a bishop;finaly,we have a game with an early queen sac and ending with a stalemate trap that black escapes to win the queen yet another way.

Resistance is futile!!!

Oct-19-06  LPeristy: Yeah, I love the desperate stalemate attempt. It would have probably worked on a lesser player. Such as myself. :P
Oct-19-06  question marks: Why 12. Kd2 and not 12. Qf2?
Nov-03-07  aazqua: " i dont think the queen sac was intended..but he did hang on..."

Ha ha ha. Oooh boy. That's funny.

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